Some might say Colorado Springs has long occupied the culinary shadow of its booming neighbor to the north, Denver. But the chefs and restaurateurs in this Front Range hub are committed to pushing the foodie envelope farther and farther, even as they strive to preserve the dining traditions that anchor this picturesque urban oasis at the foot of the Rockies.
In this active mountain town, you won’t run out of things to do or great meals to eat: From The Broadmoor’s impeccable offerings to the table-clothed service at the Pepper Tree, renowned staples continue to delight patrons with special-occasion grandeur and attention to detail. And the new kids in town, helmed by the likes of Food Network celebs and visionary chefs with international pedigrees, are adding a fusion-heavy pizazz that speaks to a younger, hipper, globally-minded clientele.
Combine those with a family-owned comfort-food institution, a sustainable farm-to-fork mecca, a craft cocktail paradise, an eclectic dinner-and-a-movie venue and a vegan-so-good-a-carnivore-would-eat-it establishment, and you’ve got an up-and-coming foodie haven that reflects the innovation—as well as the storied history—of the West.